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The roof argument collapses

I am writing this letter as a wake up call to all of the people who were behind the sledge hockey arena.

Until VANOC finally came in and pulled the plug because of the dawdling of our present council, were we not looking at $20 million from VANOC as support for the project? And wasn't the highest priced plan in the vicinity of $63 million?

Then could someone please tell me how the $58 million Iconic Tree Park with the frozen birdbath is a better deal! This was the announcement that council made at Monday's meeting, (provisional upon receiving funding from an outside source).

As a legacy, the arena would have served Whistler in a much more sustainable fashion, generating revenues from shows and events, and would have stood as a reminder of the 2010 Olympics for years to come.

You can rest assured that VANOC would still have been forthcoming with funding for a medal presentation plaza for the events being held in Whistler, and as a result, we would have been twice blessed, having both an indoor and outdoor legacy of the Games.

I hope the kids in the hall get a group rate at physio, because with all of that self-congratulatory backslapping, I'm sure there are going to be some sore shoulders in the morning.

Bill Overing


Is anyone looking in the mirror?

Whistler exists because of the stunningly beautiful environment that surrounds us: the mountains, the rivers, the forests — these are the things that drew us here, and that bring the visitors back.

They are the raw material of our very existence, these mountains, rivers and forests. Forests like the one on Lot 1/9 that we are about to clear cut in order to build a medal plaza for the Olympics.

We are going to clear cut a forest in the very heart of our community so that when the world is watching we will get better photo op's of our "product" — our so-called model of green sustainablility.

We are about to become the kind of community that clear cuts a forest for a marketing opportunity.

Is anyone looking in the mirror?

Van Powel


Making a big impression

One incredible huge “Thank You” goes out to Grant Lamont. A Chinese delegation of journalists came to Whistler last Friday. Representing Whistler for the Disabled, I was asked by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada to hold a press conference for our honored guests visiting from China.


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